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THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: NEW AND OLD TRAILS A.P. Coleman 1911 1st US ed Hardcover Fine
By Coleman, A.P.
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New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911, 1st edition. 383 pp, 41 b/w illustrations, 3 foldout maps, 1 in color, Top Edge Gilt. Bright and fine blue cloth hardcover with gold lettering and color cover illustration. Cover is bright and clean, no wear, and internally the book has no foxing or writing. Very Fine condition.

We bought this book from the family of a gentleman who climbed in the Canadian Rockies in the 1920s to 1930s. He always hired guides, and we know he climbed with Conrad Kain. The chances are he bought this as a New book, and it is still like New.  

There were three 'first editions' of this book, the USA, the UK and the Canadian. They are all identical, and were all printed with the same paper and binding material in the UK. the Neate bibliography mentions all three editions under the same description. 

A Canadian climbing classic, Coleman made one of the first attempts on Mt Robson. The first Canadian Rockies book written by a Canadian, as well as one of the most readable. [Neate C90.]

Arthur Philemon Coleman was a passionate Canadian and one of the first to truly discover the beauty and majesty of this country’s mountain ranges as an explorer, geologist and mountaineer. In 1884, before the railway traversed the Rocky and Columbia mountains, Coleman headed west on the first of what would be eight mountaineering expeditions, making his way on foot and pack horse, with native guides and without, over passes in Alberta and British Columbia.

This book paints a sympathetic picture of the rugged men and women who opened the region and of the hardships they endured. In his travels he encountered some of the main characters in Canadian mountaineering history, including Mary Schäffer, Joby Beaver, Frank Sibbald, Reverend George Kinney and Adolphus Moberly.

Arthur Philemon Coleman was born in Lachute, Quebec, on April 4, 1852. For most of his professional life he taught at Victoria College, part of the University of Toronto, and spent a great deal of time adventuring throughout western Canada. In all, Coleman - and his Morley, Alberta-based brother, Lucius Quincy Coleman - made eight successive trips to the Canadian Rockies. Coleman was in his eighties on his last trip. He died in 1939 never having climbed Mount Robson, the object of his mountaineering obsession.

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